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    • chanie
    • By chanie 4th Dec 12, 8:28 PM
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    Chanie fabulously looks after her pennies...
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    • 4th Dec 12, 8:28 PM
    Chanie fabulously looks after her pennies... 4th Dec 12 at 8:28 PM
    A new start
    I started this post over a year ago, but never got it going. I did join another thread on DFW called 'Learning to think like a frugal person'. I learned so much over there, I thought I'd take the plunge and start my own spanking new thread.

    This thread is about me having a fabulous life and not feeling deprived, or that I'm missing out because of lack of money.

    Its about making my money work for me and stretching the pennies.
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    • Kitten868
    • By Kitten868 28th Sep 16, 7:30 AM
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    Oh how lovely. Well done you chanie. Like you've seen best thing is just to get on with it. Bet it'll make you feel fab having it looking fresher and nicer. Might even improve your decluttering. Maybe it should be a by thanks giving challenge? Mwhaha well done you'll have to give me your decorating tips x
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th Sep 16, 8:45 PM
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    kitten thanksgiving??? You are a hard taskmaster!!!!

    You shouldn't be asking me for decorating tips. I'm not naturally into interior design and it rarely occurs to me to look at soft furnishings. I like simple, clean lines without lots of clutter.

    When we bought our house, my Mum told me to focus on getting 1 room done properly. We managed to get our living room and bedroom done - having the walls skimmed, so they were smooth and new carpets. This has meant that decorating has been easy, as the walls are in good condition. My mum would tell you to focus on getting the children's room(s) sorted so they can settle. I did also find that costs spiralled. For example, when we got our kitchen fitted, we were told the electrics in there were dangerous, so we had to get that sorted.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 1st Oct 16, 8:05 PM
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    Today, we bought new sofas for our living room. I had looked online beforehand, but it's s different experience when you get in store and you sit on them, comfort was our priority. They should arrive just before Xmas as they are made in China and need to be shipped over (I will keep my opinions of that to myself).

    We also bought a curtain pole, but no curtains yet, as the shop didn't have the sizes we needed. All in all, a pretty productive day
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 6th Oct 16, 8:31 PM
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    Last week, I spent £30 on food shopping. I'd bought some basics, but we didn't get the opportunity to get anything else in, but we survived!!! I'm going to write a list before we go shopping this weekend to see if we can spend less.
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    • Kitten868
    • By Kitten868 13th Oct 16, 2:58 PM
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    Some stuff just can't be bought online. Although I never think about measurements in the shop. I just fall in love lol. I am terrible. You can't win. Well done you for cracking on.
    I'm the same as you. I just want to focus on the girls room. And the living room as that's their space. Our room can wait. Selfishly though I do want to do the bathroom though.
    Well done on the cheap weekly shop! That's brilliant x
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 14th Oct 16, 9:03 PM
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    kitten I don't blame you for wanting to do your bathroom. It's such a personal space and I only feel comfortable in mine now that we've done it up. We replaced the sink and toilet but not the bath. We were going to replace the bath as it looked grotty, but when I looked closer at it one day, I realised that it was the taps, waste and plughole that were grotty and since we've replaced those, it looks new.

    My Mum asked me about our Xmas plans today and Mr C said he would like to have Xmas at home this year. The children don't eat much, so it won't be expensive, but I'm going to write a list of what we need so that I can start stocking up from now, particularly when offers are on.
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    • Kitten868
    • By Kitten868 14th Oct 16, 10:10 PM
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    Check you out chanie. I won't lie bathroom shopping isn't as fun as you'd think. And it all seems built for an apocalypse so I'm sure you made the right call. Saying that even the taps seem to cost a bomb.
    Well done chanie. My mum always gets everyone to list 3 things you have to have or it's not Xmas. Because it just got too much. Mine are just Brazil's, nuts and those biscuits in Santa shapes with chocolate on. Most of us overlap so it works x
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 16th Oct 16, 6:53 PM
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    Well done chanie. My mum always gets everyone to list 3 things you have to have or it's not Xmas. Because it just got too much. Mine are just Brazil's, nuts and those biscuits in Santa shapes with chocolate on. Most of us overlap so it works x
    Originally posted by Kitten868
    That's a good idea, kitten. My mum and aunt, who tend to host Xmas have both cut back as they said they were spending a fortune and food was getting wasted. They cut back a few years ago and no one really noticed.

    I've started to write my Xmas food list. I'm going cost it all up as I buy items so I can see how much it comes to, plus I'll see what bargains I can get between now and Xmas. Today, I bought some carrots in Lidl for 29p and I'll prepare and freeze them for Xmas. Carrots are normally 49p so I've saved 20p.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 22nd Oct 16, 10:33 PM
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    We've ordered our new bed, so now we need to decorate our bedroom before it's delivered. I'm so excited about getting the rooms painted and new furniture.

    I blanched and froze the carrots I bought and will keep them but Xmas. I've written a list of the foods and drink we will need and will start to buy items with the weekly shop.

    We've also started the pre-Xmas clear out. I took a load of clothed to the clothes bank and my next task is start to clear out the children's toys to make room for he next lot!!
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